Ferdinand Hails Liverpool’s Coutinho ‘Miracle’
Former Manchester United centre half Rio Ferdinand has described Liverpool successfully keeping hold of Philippe Coutinho this summer as “a miracle.”
The player was subject to three concrete bids from Barcelona during the summer and the Brazilian submitted a transfer request in an attempt to push the move through.
But Liverpool held firm and kept hold of the player, who scored a free-kick in the Reds’ 3-2 win over Leicester City on Saturday evening.
Speaking on BT Sport, Ferdinand said, “Coutinho has the X Factor. You saw moments in that game of pure brilliance, and he is a player Liverpool should feel blessed to have on their team.
“Liverpool have produced a miracle in keeping him, considering what was on offer in terms of his fee, and the personal terms we see in the media.
“He could have gone to a club to play alongside [Lionel] Messi and [Luis] Suarez, and Liverpool have pulled off nothing short of a miracle.
“He creates moments that inspire not a team, but whole stadiums, and he does things which take your breath away.”